LASER TALK: Canada can have 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

The world, including Canada, can convert to 100 percent renewable energy – from wind, water and solar resources by 2050 without nuclear energy, according to Dr. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University. This includes energy for transport, heating fuel and electricity.

He presented his recent data at the Paris Climate talks in December 2015. Here is the energy mix for Canada’s 100 percent renewable scenario for 2050: Solar, 21.2%; onshore wind, 37.5%; offshore wind, 21%; wave energy, 2%; geothermal, 1.9%; hydroelectric, 16.2%; tidal turbine, 0.2%.

The economic impact includes the creation of 293,000 construction and 463,000 full-time operation jobs.

In addition, the result will include avoided annual health costs of $107.6 billion and avoided annual pollution deaths of 9,598.

In an interview January 3, 2016, Jacobson was asked if 2050 is still a practical date to achieve that goal? He replied that it is technically and economically practical, but politically is another question.

It is up the grassroots and our newspapers to make sure that politicians know that a 100 per cent renewable future by 2050 is possible and we are going to hold them accountable for it.

One thing needed is a predictable and increasing price on carbon pollution so investors will know when renewable energy will become more competitive with fossil fuels. By returning the money collected back to the citizens, this will shield ordinary families from price shocks as we transition away from fossil fuels and will also allow the carbon price to go high enough to help spark the necessary changes the next generation expects from us by 2050.

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